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Lat: 33.9°S, Long: 15.9°W, Diam: 88 km, Depth: 2.77 km, Rükl: 64

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François Emond


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(IAU Directions) WURZELBAUER.--Another irregular walled-plain, about 50 miles in diameter, on the S.W. of Pitatus, with a very complex border, in connection with which, on the S.E., is a group of fine depressions, and on the S.W. a large crater. There is much detail on the very uneven floor.

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Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 2.77 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 2.19 km

A Pareidolia is frequently observed on the floor of Wurzelbauer, looking like a face. Source: several telescopic observers of the Wurzelbauer region.


  • Johann Philipp von Wurzelbauer (1651-1725) was a German astronomer. He first published a work concerning his observations on the great comet of 1680. After 1682, Wurzelbauer owned his own astronomical observatory and instruments, and observed the transit of Mercury, solar eclipses, and worked out the geographical latitude of his native city.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 218), this name was introduced by Schröter.
  • Crater Wurzelbauer D was called Hauet by Hugh Percy Wilkins and Patrick Moore, but the I.A.U. did not accept that name.
  • Hauet was a French selenographer (1878-1933).

LPOD Articles

One or Two Craters D (Wurzelbauer D)


Wurzelbauer D ("Hauet"): THE MOON by H.P.Wilkins and P.Moore.